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More details of £25m Essex development announced

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The team behind the plans for the world's largest dive pool have released a new graphic internal view of the proposed 35,000m³, Blue Abyss to be built in Colchester, Essex.

It said: 'The pool is aimed primarily at assisting the commercial diving, Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV), Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle, (AUV), life science and human spaceflight sectors.  However, with the majority of Blue Abyss staff also being keen divers, the facility aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities to discover the joys of exploring our marine environments through recreational diving, as well as providing the UK with an innovative, aquatic-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) education centre.'

The team are reported to be working with the University of Essex to find a suitable site for the £25m-plus development at the university's Knowledge Gateway Research and Innovation Park.

The complex is to include both hyper and hypobaric chambers and a micro-gravity simulation suspension system for replicating the effects of weightlessness and low gravity environments such as those found on the moon and Mars.

Housed within the 'Kuehnegger Human Performance Centre', in honour of Professor Walter Kuehnegger, the NASA Principal Investigator who pioneered the Apollo Programme human exploration of the moon, this R&D facility will be the first in the UK to focus on human spaceflight and it's terrestrial benefits. A boutique hotel, six training and class rooms and an onsite cafeteria will complete the complex.





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